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  1. I agree and I haven't received my EtherREGEN yet. The converse supposes that the EtherREGEN is a *perfect* noise filter. I just don't expect this. If it were perfect than all EtherREGEN owners would have, effectively, an identical source - with everything upstream of the EtherREGEN wholly irrelevant in explaining SQ. We would only need a stream of digits. Any would do. For audiophile purposes our systems would vary in hardware and SQ terms only downstream of the EtherREGEN. Again - I just don't expect this. Alex says that upstream factors will matter less and downstream factors will matter more. I can accept that. It will take a greater % difference upstream and a lower % difference downstream to achieve the same SQ delta. Whatever that means. All very hypothetical and hard to prove. (After all, how often do we change our amps and speakers.) Larry says "wider pipeline". Well he has one (an EtherREGEN that is) and has been a beta tester. I just do expect that noise mitigation upstream will still improve our systems. My modest anticipation is that my money will have been well spent - that I will get a better system in SQ per $ (or £ in my case) ratio terms given my usual experience spending money on Hi-Fi. If the EtherREGEN surpasses that threshold I shall be very pleased. I don't expect that the EtherREGEN should be fundamentally system-dependent - by which I mean that it will not be fair to say that it can be expected to work in some systems and not in others. It purports to do a job. We cannot ever bridge fully the thrashing and noisy torrent between what we hear at home and the ("same" for argument's sake) sound of music performed in person before us. Since all networks are noisy (= none are perfectly noise free) - and the EtherREGEN is ostensibly a noise-mitigation device - it should carry us further across that allegoric river in all network circumstances. Isn't that about all we can say. I'm not seeing too much consistency in reports so far. They read like generic improvements that accompany any audiophile-motivated noise control. They read like compliments to a new girlfriend. I just hope that EtherREGEN's the marrying kind. (I think I'm ready to commit.) P.S. Thanks for "conniptions". It's not a common word in the UK. I might use it (carefully) when I go out later tonight.
  2. My system is [will be] PC > Cisco_WS-C2960-8TC-S [> EtherREGEN] > RedNet D16 AES > DAC and I don't stream music from the internet. Focusrite told me prospective wrt the EtherREGEN "We generally recommend gigabit links across entire networks where possible to ensure low latency performance, even with high channel counts. If high channel counts and low latency aren't a concern for you (and it sounds as though that's the case) then I don't see any reason why you couldn't use a D16 with this product, even though the connection speed will be 100Mbps rather than 1Gbps - RedNet products work fine with other 100Mbps equipment." In my system everything works fine via the Cisco switch anyway. I'm in the first batch - waiting patiently with relish in the UK (having ordered direct vs. Audiostore/Vortexbox).
  3. Absolutely brilliant. You deserve an AS medal. I'll save all 3 for reference. A great service. Thank you
  4. Yes - https://www.usaudiomart.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=1465&p=12173#p12136
  5. To be clear we are talking about Tubelover2 aka rb2013 - I think there is another "Tubelover" here. Rob/Bob was a great audiophile pioneer/contributor and is greatly missed.
  6. I don't alter the manuf. product wrt the plugs. "Thin" - my oh my that was the BJC problem - with "bright" and "banshee". Probably not all the BJC's fault ...
  7. My experience is exactly and unequivocally the reverse. I don't have BJ any longer as the result. What's more, shielding improved the AQs. Very much worth both the exchange and the effort.
  8. At the risk of drawing an unfair OT strike, I am sure @Ehsu has a point. I am so convinced from prior experience that - since, as a generic proposition, short and/or shielded ethernet cables yield better SQ than long and/or cheap - I have manually shielded a handful of AQ Cinnamons in preparation. It's not difficult to do. AQ have confirmed to me wrt their RJ/E ethernet cables "We do not tie the drains on the input #1 end. Only on the #2 end, destination end. This helps reduce overall system noise for better audio performance." I don't change the underlying integrity of the Cinnamons. I wrap them up and down with Aluminium cloth tape (Dewal 407 is best/ideal - if you can get it), then wrap with copper braid, then Aluminium tape again - before adding heat shrink over. It's easy to add a drain. I have three of these for PC > Cisco WS-C2960-8TC-S > EtherREGEN > RedNet D16 AES [>DAC via AES - and I don't play music streamed from the internet]. This does create a challenge for the EtherREGEN which I have seen mentioned once here at AS - it is a light box and heavy cables without good management will insist too brutally on their own way. It's a straightforward matter to mould the cables with a heat gun as heatshrink is applied - or afterwards provided a dressing braid has not yet been fixed. I've even engineered a new bespoke shelf for my EtherREGEN. Added to Christmas, and our UK General Election, the excitement is almost unbearable ;-).
  9. Danny Thompson [of Pentangle but I'm thinking Tim Buckley's 'Dream Letter' i.e. Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - 1968]
  10. http://www.fiber-optic-tutorial.com/explanation-of-the-model-of-cisco-switches.html In general, Cisco switches models are started with WS-. WS-C means the switch products and the products with WS-X begining refer to the engines or modules of switches. In addition, there is WS-G which means the Gigabit fiber optic transceiver modules of switches. Now, I explain the detailed meaning of each letter in the model through a few of examples. eg. WS-C3560G-24TS-S W — stands for IPSEC 40bit encryption; S — means switchboard; C — means the fixed-configuration switch; 3650 — refers to the seires; G — means all the interfaces are supported Gigabit or more. If there is no letter “G” here, it shows that the mainly port of this switch is 10/100M or 100M; 24 — here means there are 24 ports of this switch; T — stands for port of BaseT port; sometimes, there is letter “P” here which means BaseT port which supports PoE at the same time; S — the S behind T means the extended interface is SFP type interface and uplink; Note: There are also “D” or “C” or “W”repalcing “T” or “S” here, which respectively means 10Gigabit Ethernet XENPAK port and uplink, T/SPF and uplink, Integrated wireless LAN controller(50 support for up to 50 access points). Some combination meaning as following: TT — common port and uplink port are both BaseT; LC — common port is BaseT and partially support PoE(4 ports) uplink port are BaseT/SFP; PC — common port is BaseT and all support PoE(24 ports) uplink port are BaseT/SFP; TC –common port is BaseT and uplink port are all BaseT/SFP; TS — common port is BaseT and uplink port are all SFP; PS — common port is BaseT and all support the PoE, uplink port are all SFP; FS — common port is 100BaseFX and uplink port are all SFP; when there is only T, it means there is no uplink port in the switch. S — the last letter of this model stands for Standard Image. When here is L, it stands for LAN Base Image and there is E that means Enhanced Image. Sometimes, we may see -S1U, -SF or -EF here, F stands for full power. 1U means the body height is the standard height ( about 4.4cm ).
  11. Billy Talbot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnYy4-H7HWo Tommy Andrews https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNP9tQDhfpg Ian Jennings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfICdVB9EFI Tim Lefebvre for Tedeschi Leland Sklar for JB Trevor Bolder for Bowie Tommy Shannon for SRV etc!
  12. I guess it's nail-biting for all of us pending "listening impressions". With hundreds of EtherREGENs in the pipeline, there will be just as many variations in equipment permutations from which SQ effects will be reported. Inevitably, cable alternatives will form part of that rich informational tapestry. To exclude cables from EtherREGEN experiences would be preposterous (literally - since EtherREGEN requires at least two). I, for one, will be trying out a few combinations. I've already shielded the hell out of a couple of .75m AQ Cinnamons (with a drain option) in anticipation. I'll be trying a cheapo in their stead by way of A-B. If I hear an improvement either way then there *is* one. I need no narrower (or more theoretical) empiricism. Even the most privileged amongst us cannot explore all possibilities. We are limited by time if nothing else! Seasoned and not-so-seasoned audiophiles, including myself, will be reading with glee - wondering what bang-for-dollar improvements we could engineer in our own systems based on the experiences of *others* which - in the scientific sense - we can extrapolate with only limited justification. This isn't religion. No-one has to be right about anything. No-one *is* right about anything. I do hope the EtherREGEN is as resounding a success as we all hope.
  13. mkawa's only been on ASR 2 minutes and already he's the most stridently dismissive pistol-packer there ... lol better than TV I miss Rob
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